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Word for declining to answer

TLDR: Tone of voice is generally more important than the actual word(s) used. Other possible options in addition to those mentioned by others: Sure, OK, Yeah, Alright First and foremost, in these ...
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Is there any alternative words or phrases in English for 'challenge someone to a fight with rubbing spittle on the forehead'

We do have in English the confrontational insulting phrase "Piss on you". But it is not accompanied by actual pissing and it is not, at least nowadays, a ritualistic challenge to a fist-...
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What is a word (or phrase) to describe someone opening their hands in reply to obviousness of a question being asked?

opening their hands in reply to obviousness of a question being asked Do you mean this: I would describe this as a "shrug".
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What is a word (or phrase) to describe someone opening their hands in reply to obviousness of a question being asked?

They replied using mime – from Cambridge Dictionary: the act of using movements of your hands and body, and expressions on your face, without speech, to communicate emotions and actions or to tell a ...
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Is this a Grill door? how do you narrate if some one opens or closes it?

They are not scissor gates as scissor gates are a portable accordian-type barrier - often seen at airports and such - that you can expand or shorten. These carriage elvator doors are called accordian ...
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Is this a Grill door? how do you narrate if some one opens or closes it?

Accordion doors is the term used in the UK.
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The opposite of "communication on social media"

Lack of in-person communication. When we say that a meeting or a conversation was "in person" it means the individuals were there "in the flesh". Physically present at the same ...
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Is there an idiom that corresponds to the Hungarian expression "fall off the other side of the horse"?

In Persian, the equivalent of this idiom is "be careful not to fall off the other side of the roof" and this is said of someone who is afraid of falling off in this side of the roof and so ...
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What is the word used to describe a forced choice

What they are describing is a false dichotomy, lol.
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Looking for an opposite for the term 'tunnel vision'

The opposite of tunnel vision would be when you have finally made it through the tunnel. That's when the Skies have opened and you can see the whole horizon. Not just choices but the visualization of ...
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Gender independent term for address a superior or higher up

What you are describing would be the meaning of the word senior: high or higher in rank (Cambridge) But the English do not address their seniors with such appellatives. In very formal contexts this ...
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Discover an event isn't the first instance, and that isn't good

If I were to discover something and learn that it had previously been discovered, I would be finding out that I was beat to the punch. If the person who completed the task before me took credit that I ...
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A word or phrase for a task which can't be neatly defined by a process

A task which doesn't follow a strict procedure or doesn't require a well-defined result can be called open-ended Open-ended (adj.) Not rigorously fixed: such as a: Adaptable to the developing needs ...
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A word or phrase for a task which can't be neatly defined by a process

You could refer to such a task as an undertaking or an endeavor. Not that they couldn't be used of tasks that are simple step-by-step affairs, but they're normally used of something more complicated ...
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What is the word for a cut down said with a grin?

Try these words: gloating or smug
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Word for declining to answer

I plead the 5th. This can be viewed as humorous yet still be taken as a final response. My name's Bennett and I ain't in it. For the sake of staying neutral
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Phrase for offering first choice from only options where you don't mind the rejects?

This is surely a modern version of Hobson's Choice. That is giving a choice that is not much of a choice. In Hobson's use there is no choice though several may be presented. You can have a choice of A ...
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Phrase for offering first choice from only options where you don't mind the rejects?

Fair Division I question your (sole) criteria for the food choices as things you would like to eat. For example, if you're a vegetarian or like very spicy foods, you may well be unfairly limiting ...
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Word for declining to answer

Equivocate: 1: to use equivocal language especially with intent to deceive 2: to avoid committing oneself in what one says https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equivocate Example: I want to ...
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How do you describe someone who pretends to know the answer to their question after it's been answered?

You can call them faux-expert or if you want to sound geeky pseudo-know-it-all
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Word for declining to answer

Similar to Jack O'Flaherty's answer, in the U.S. one would say "I plead the fifth" as a way to avoid answering a question. However, I would argue that, while this statement would have ...
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How do you describe someone who pretends to know the answer to their question after it's been answered?

It could be a mutation of that ubiquitous workspace specie, the "know-it-all"... A safe description of that personality -- and by 'safe', I mean one that would not trigger Defcon 5 in HR, if ...
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Word for declining to answer

"I'd rather not say."
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Phrase for a person in town known for being insane?

I'm partial to alliteration and would go with the local lunatic. If your video is set in the 1840s, "the town crazy" is a winner. Here are some books that mention "the local lunatic&...
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Phrase for a person in town known for being insane?

When I started reading your question, I thought of "village idiot". However, you say that that's not what you want. Seeing that you want a term for a "local person known for being ...
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Phrase for a person in town known for being insane?

Look at synonyms of “eccentric” on Merriman-Webster. Go to the “noun” synonyms and you might find what you are looking for. As the writer, only you can pick the term that will best fit your character....
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Word for declining to answer

Demur VERB If you demur, you say that you do not agree with something or will not do something that you have been asked to do. Collins Dictionary It is somewhat ambiguous about how someone 'demurs'. ...
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Is there a term for when people use a definition from a different context?

Pettifogging (Merriam-Webster, Oxford Learners) would fit the bill - "One given to quibbling over trifles", "Paying too much attention to unimportant details".
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Is there a term for when people use a definition from a different context?

Pedantic is a term that can describe one who is overly focused on small technical details. Such a person is eager to correct small, insignificant errors by others. They may use specialized terms to ...
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Word for declining to answer

For completeness, a standard official non-answer has become known as the Glomar response [Wikipedia], which is that you can “neither confirm nor deny” what the question suggests. It's often used in ...
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Word for declining to answer

"I abstain" This is only really correct to say when you are being asked to pick a side or make a choice, rather than being asked a matter of fact. "What's your name?" "I ...
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Word for declining to answer

In a context of repeated questioning in legal circumstances, "Fifth!". (But, U.S. only.)
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Word for declining to answer

(I'm/we're) not going there! This short phrase could be used to indicate an unwillingness to respond to a line of questioning. It indicates a desire to avoid the entire topic, rather than declining to ...
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Word for declining to answer

A somewhat obscure word is mu, which roughly rejects the validity of the question. From the OED (paywalled): mu Interjection Used as an alternative to answering either ‘yes’ or ‘no’, in order to ...
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Word for declining to answer

Next question I refuse to comment on or have said all that needs to be said about the thing you asked, so move on to the next question. Almost always said as a complete sentence. Farlex Dictionary of ...
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Word for declining to answer

I am not certain that it works perfectly in your context (pass, which you suggest, works well there), but the phrase no comment comes to mind. It has a bit of a stilted, press-related/political/...
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Is there a phrase for "the boy who cried wolf" when the boy stops crying wolf because the townsfolk won't believe him anyway?

Is there a phrase for "the boy who cried wolf" when the boy stops crying wolf because the townsfolk won't believe him anyway? Normally, this would be "the reformed* boy who cried wolf.&...
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Is there a phrase for "the boy who cried wolf" when the boy stops crying wolf because the townsfolk won't believe him anyway?

A Non-credible witness In the classic case the boy is no longer a credible witness. He is justifiably if tragically ignored after too many trips to the well. Hungry wolves and other professionals ...
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